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Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that the Clean Power Plan is being repealed, the attractive cost of renewables and improvements in battery storage technology mean that wind- and solar-generated power are here to stay.

Posted: November 20, 2017, 7:12 pm

Last week, both houses of the U.S. congress passed versions of a tax reform bill. As readers might recall, tax reform was one of the platforms on which Trump ran for president and getting a major tax reform bill passed would be a big win for him. Each version of the bill has implications for the renewable energy industry but the wind industry is particularly worried about the House bill.

Posted: November 20, 2017, 4:27 pm

BayWa r.e. renewables subsidiary successfully commissioned its first project in Southern Africa, a combined solar PV plant and battery system in the Zambian province of Chisamba in October.

Posted: November 17, 2017, 8:22 pm

On November 13, utilities in Massachusetts announced that they would begin to accept bids pursuant to the new “Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target or SMART” program, which seeks to ultimately add up to 1,600 MW of solar capacity.

The SMART program was voted into law in April and explained in great detail by Renewable Energy World contributor John Farrell in this post. Farrell likens the program to the California solar incentive and Germany’s long-expired Feed-in Tariffs, which kick started solar in each region. 

Posted: November 17, 2017, 5:27 pm

The call for grid modernization is occurring across the world and utilities are positioned at the forefront of this industry transformation. While some states and countries are moving at a more rapid pace than others, grid modernization is a necessary outcome for utilities to ensure long-term sustainability.

Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:44 pm

Orsted A/S, the Danish company built on oil and gas extraction, will issue its first green bonds as it moves toward completing a transition to renewable energy.

Posted: November 16, 2017, 1:41 pm

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week signed into law a provision that will support strong renewable energy credit prices in the state. According to the governor’s office, the legislation requires that renewable energy facilities only generate RECs if the power from the facility is delivered to an electricity distributor operating within the commonwealth.

Posted: November 15, 2017, 8:51 pm

Within the next month, energy watchers expect the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would create new pricing rules for certain power plants that can store fuel on site to support grid resilience. This initiative seeks to protect coal-fired and nuclear power plants that are struggling to compete with cheaper energy sources.

Posted: November 15, 2017, 5:52 pm

Solar manufacturers are being battered by higher costs and smaller margins after an unexpected shortage of a critical raw material. Prices of polysilicon, the main component of photovoltaic cells, spiked as much as 35 percent in the past four months after environmental regulators in China shut down several factories.

Posted: November 15, 2017, 5:38 pm

Wind farm operators in the North Sea will have a new atlas for wind resources in the region to help them identify how much power they can generate and how robust turbines should be.

Posted: November 15, 2017, 5:24 pm

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BayWa r.e. renewables subsidiary successfully commissioned its first project in Southern Africa, a combined solar PV plant and battery system in the Zambian province of Chisamba in October.

Posted: November 17, 2017, 8:22 pm

On November 13, utilities in Massachusetts announced that they would begin to accept bids pursuant to the new “Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target or SMART” program, which seeks to ultimately add up to 1,600 MW of solar capacity.

The SMART program was voted into law in April and explained in great detail by Renewable Energy World contributor John Farrell in this post. Farrell likens the program to the California solar incentive and Germany’s long-expired Feed-in Tariffs, which kick started solar in each region. 

Posted: November 17, 2017, 5:27 pm

Within the next month, energy watchers expect the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would create new pricing rules for certain power plants that can store fuel on site to support grid resilience. This initiative seeks to protect coal-fired and nuclear power plants that are struggling to compete with cheaper energy sources.

Posted: November 15, 2017, 5:52 pm

In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80 percent of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup power and water supplies ran low, an extended outage became a humanitarian crisis that has yet to be resolved.

Posted: November 14, 2017, 4:27 pm

Every day our power needs fluctuate, causing grid operators to make quick decisions to balance the U.S. grid. This can happen on hot summer days when people are turning on their air conditioners or in the middle of winter when they crank up the heat. Either way, grid operators must find a way to meet rapid spikes in energy demands.

Posted: November 14, 2017, 4:00 pm

Today's topics include PV module pricing and how the trade case is already impacting prices despite that fact that nothing has been made official yet. As Paula says, “no news is bad news.”

 

Posted: November 13, 2017, 3:19 pm

The Microgrid 2017 conference, which ran from November 6-8 in Boston, kicked off with a list of events that point to a desperate need for microgrids, and I bet you’ve heard of them: 

Posted: November 13, 2017, 11:00 am

This week, we review the spectrum of backup power solutions from generators to home battery backup power systems connected to solar. I’ve been installing home battery backup power systems on and off for 20 years. 

Posted: November 10, 2017, 6:37 pm

Two energy storage firms yesterday were recognized at the Innovate UK conference for their work in liquid air and copper/zinc technologies. In a keynote speech at the conference in Birmingham, England, Business Minister Claire Perry announced the winners of the first phase of an energy innovation competition looking into the feasibility of energy storage.

Posted: November 10, 2017, 5:17 pm

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) will release on Monday, Nov. 13, a draft comprehensive requirements document for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS). The organization is soliciting immediate input and comments from electric utilities and vendors. Interested parties will have their first opportunity to meet in person and discuss the requirements document at DistribuTECH 2018. The meeting will occur on Jan. 22 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas

Posted: November 10, 2017, 4:24 pm

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